Massachusetts SNAP

Massachusetts SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) helps low-income people and families in Massachusetts with cash assistance to buy a month’s worth of healthy food.

As a condition of eligibility, all SNAP recipients must meet the general SNAP work rules or the ABAWD work rules unless otherwise exempt.


Who is eligible for SNAP in Massachusetts? #

In order to qualify for SNAP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Live in Massachusetts
  2. Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. Meet certain income guidelines

Who qualifies for food stamps in Massachusetts? #

Most families in Massachusetts with gross income up to 200% of the federal poverty level, about $4,143 a month for a family of three, qualify for food stamps.

Family Size 100% 200%
1 $1,215 $2,430
2 $1,643 $3,287
3 $2,072 $4,143
4 $2,500 $5,000
5 $2,928 $5,857
6 $3,357 $6,713
7 $3,785 $7,570
8 $4,213 $8,427

Gross income limit applies to most households, except those in which at least one person is 60 years of age or older, or receives disability income.

There is no asset test required for SNAP eligibility. The easiest way to find out if you are eligible is to use this online screening tool.

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How much do I get on SNAP in Massachusetts? #

DTA determines your monthly SNAP benefit level by subtracting 30% of your net income from the highest SNAP amount you can get based on your household size.

For example, a family of three with no income may receive up to $740 in monthly benefits or $440 each month if the family has a net monthly income of $1,000.

  • Family Size SNAP Benefits
  • 1 $281
  • 2 $516
  • 3 $740
  • 4 $939
  • 5 $1,116
  • 6 $1,339
  • 7 $1,480
  • 8 $1,691

The actual SNAP benefit amounts are based on a household's net income with a general rule that an increase of $100 in net income results in a reduction of $30 in benefits.

In addition, families who receive SNAP benefits can automatically participate in the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) to buy local fruits and vegetables from HIP farm vendors — up to $80 a month depending on household size.

For example, if you buy a head of broccoli sold by a participating HIP vendor for $5, another $5 will be added to your account automatically and can be spent on any future SNAP eligible purchase.

Find a participating HIP vendor who offers shopping in person near you.

How do I apply for food stamps in Massachusetts? #

To apply for SNAP benefits, you may go to DTA Connect to submit your application online. An interview will then be arranged to determine your eligibility. If eligibility is confirmed, you’ll receive your first benefits no later than 30 days from the date of your application.

Those who have less than $150 per month in income and $100 or less in cash may request for Emergency SNAP and have their first benefits within 7 days.

For more information about Massachusetts SNAP, please call
Department of Transitional Assistance
(877) 382-2363

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